Nearly 1,000 motorists have already registered with GoTo Malta’s “first green car sharing fleet,” which has been launched today.
Run by Car Sharing Services Malta, a subsidiary of CAR2GO Israel, the €8 million initiative was officially inaugurated today by Transport Minister Ian Borg, who said that it “forms part of the Government’s vision to have 5,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020 and to introduce new transport solutions.”
“This initiative, which will see a fleet of 150 electric cars rolled out, is the perfect transport alternative for an island like Malta and we believe this forms part of a multi-pronged response to the challenges our dense urban environment faces today,” said Car Sharing Services Malta CEO Liran Golan.
Once the app has been downloaded users can find the closest car to them, and drive off to their destination, leaving the car parked in one of the designated parking spaces across 68 localities in Gozo and Malta.
Users can book their car 15 minutes before they need it and then drive it to a pre-arranged GoTo parking bay.
They said that GoTo rates are calculated at a rate of 28c per minute which covers all insurance, road licence tax, Valletta CVA fees, charging and parking costs. Membership is charged at €7 a month.
There are also Savings Package rates available for heavy users. The company explained that “there is no cost to register and, for the first two months after the launch, the membership fee will be waived.”
The orange parking spots – linked to 225 electric charging stations – are also strategically positioned close to other transport modes such as bus stops or ferries, to ensure the journey is as smooth as possible, it said.
Mr Golan added that, “some members of the public were initially worried about the loss of a few parking spaces in their locality, but we are happy that practically all the local councils have since come on board and recognised the long-term environmental benefits and the option for residents to have another transport alternative.”
He went on to say that in Malta, GoTo is run in collaboration with Transport Malta “and ties in with Government plans to introduce innovative transportation modes, and reduce dependency on private cars.”
To register, users simply fill in an online form with their personal information, driving licence and credit card details. To view the website and all details with access to the app and online form, please click here .
A photocopy of the user’s driving licence will be requested and can be uploaded online. Accounts will be verified within 24 hours. Users will then receive a hard copy of their membership card by post.
GoTo is offering a 24/7 customer service to ensure drivers are guided through any obstacles they encounter. The number is 2226 8000.